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Ricardo Pierre-LouisBy Ricardo Pierre-Louis
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Ricardo Pierre-LouisBy Ricardo Pierre-Louis
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$11,563
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
35
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 18 2016 1:51 AM UTC +00:00

About

On a chilly November afternoon in 2013, a group of urban planners, graphic designers, business entrepreneurs, and interface developers gathered together in a bike shop in Urbana, IL. All of them had personal experiences with bike theft. All of them were frustrated by the ineffective system in place for recovering stolen bikes. It was through this combination of experience and frustration that BikeNet was born.

BikeNet is a web, iOS, and Android app that is built by cyclists, designers, and engineers with a passion for fighting bike crime. We have experienced firsthand the effects of losing your beloved bicycle and the financial burden it places on you.

Bicycles are easy to steal and sell. Most bikes are not registered making them nearly impossible to recover. In our community alone over $140,000 are stolen annually. Nationwide it’s over $200 million annually. Bike thieves are taking advantage of a broken system that is rigged in their favor.  

But what if the entire community could pitch in to help out? Instead of just a few pairs of eyes and ears, what if we had dozens? A hundred? Thousands? With our ever-integrated society, this can be a reality. People don’t have to give up on getting their bikes back.

 

 Unlike other bike registries, our app requires only a picture and a brief description of the bike. Registration can be done quickly, by anyone with access to a mobile device or the internet. Instead of relying on police and other local authorities, we empower the community itself to track and recover bikes. A beta version of this app has already been produced, but we need your support to further develop the app. We want to maintain and scale it for use beyond the Champaign-Urbana community but we need a larger development budget to do so. Your support will allow us to continue to support our developers and talent as we continue.

 

 

All of the money will go toward paying our team of designers and developers so we can scale the app for nationwide use. We already have a functional prototype, so all we need are your contributions to take our app to the next level.

Our monthly budget consists of:
$2,000 for app/web development
$1,200 for UI/UX design
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$3,200 total * 12 months = $38,400 per year


 

Similar to other social media products, you would be able to advertise through us. If you had your bike stolen you can spend a small amount ($5-$10) to have your bike theft post at the top of the activity feed For someone with an expensive or sentimental attachment to their bike, spending $5 or $10 to blast a theft alert across the platform is a small price to pay. The reason we cannot pursue this model yet is because we don’t have a large enough user base for a promoted bike post to be worth it. Once we have enough users then this model can become viable.
  
Interest has been expressed in this app from local governments and city officials. They love the idea but are concerned about spending money with us because we are an unproven product. Our goal is to successfully launch this app and maintain it long enough for us to land a contract with one of our local government agencies.



 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We finished building a beta version of this app but the hardest part we encounter will be getting the involvement of more cyclists. From our conversations with local law enforcement, we found that they are in love with the idea because it is a much simpler system than the ones already in place. Our hurdles will include recruiting more users and continuing to financially support the talented staff we have on hand.

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    Guard your bike with a BikeNet seat cover and BikeNet registration sticker

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    Let's put an end to bicycle crime!

    We will buy you a ticket to come join our launch party where you can meet our team. You will be given a spot on our board of directors where you can share your vision for the future of BikeNet. We will also give you or your organization a permanent spot on our web + mobile app as a partner.

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- (30 days)